Tour d' Espirit
is a recap of the 24 hour run that Koach and several TEAM CORINTH members
participated in this past weekend. The comments were supplied
via cell phone and updates were done all through the event.
1:00 p.m. - Memphis, TN, 24-Hour Tour dEsprit:
hurts, knee aches, stuffy nose, eyes watering, back pain I must
Bright sun, blue sky, low humidly, 65 degrees– A perfect day for
a run! There is festivity in the air. Campsites are springing
up. People are tent-hopping, wearing sun shades and sipping bottled
water or one of the new energy drinks. The participants are taking this
far less seriously than the start of a marathon. Nancy Ann helped
erect her first tent last night as we staked our claim to the best camp
site front row center, just next to the race path. The only problem
is that will make it very hard to pass by without pondering an excuse
to stop. More later
PM Were off and running. Lots of enthusiasm. There
are about 100 in the start, but many more will arrive as their shift
comes up on their Team. My plan is to start slow and continue
PM: Made the first one mile loop in just over 8 min. Didn't mean
to run that fast! It is a beautiful course, most of it on a wooded
trail. We are running over several different surfaces. Much
of the path is covered with small slag and some is dirt. Other parts
are asphalt and concrete. Parts of the wooded path are single-file
wide with humps and tree roots, but is overall a delightful course.
PM: Finished first hour, and my opinion is like the man who fell
off a 35 story building as he passed the 21st. floor
far so good'! It's a world-class afternoon. Sun beginning to go
down. Great breeze from the north. Bill Dalton arrived in time to start
the race with me and is currently setting a blistering pace. Knocked
out 5 miles the 1st hour which is about a mile faster than we had intended.
We all have timing chips, but instead of attaching to the shoe, an ankle
band is holding the timing chip.
The Race Director just came around with a tray of margaritas
that's the truth!!! My kind of race!! Bill Dalton finished up
with 10 miles before the big tennis match. Gotta Run.
PM: I Stopped for the pasta dinner and had a delightful meal with
Nancy Ann. It was absolutely delicious. We had no problem getting
a table alone as no one wanted to sit with me after four hours of running.
This church knows how to do it right. They had pasta, salad, free wine
and beer, all kinds of good stuff. This is the race to do.
PM: just completed 26 miles and that's a very magical number for
runners as it's the marathon distance. So I just completed one marathon,
got a couple more to do, but still feeling good and progressing right
PM: I've run 32.5 miles.. that has some significance to me.
While I've kept this somewhat quiet, that's half the distance I want
to attain in this event.
PM: Just finished 35 miles.. still going well at 9 hours. In good
shape, actually. I just passed the camping area, and somebody
has coffee brewing over a campfire and it sure did smell good.
AM: Passed 40 miles ..10 hours ..4 miles per hour.. which is what
I was hoping to do. So far, so good.
AM: Team Corinth member Joy Gray passed the 30 mile mark at 1 AM
aided by "MyfriendPenny" Smith, as Joy refers to her.
Joy is among very few TEAM CORINTH members...that has "run her
AM: Finished mile 48.. still on the schedule of 4 miles an
hour. It's beautiful night, really nice when running, cold only when
I stop to refuel, which must be done often. Forgot my bread for
PBandJ sandwiches! But anyway so far so good.
AM: Just finished 50 miles. Doing pretty well. It's
very quiet now. The people out on the course now are not talking,
for sure. I'm continuing, still doing about the time I intended
to do, but slowing down a little bit.
AM: Just finished 55 miles ..feeling good as long as I don't stop.
I get real stiff and sore and my hip hurts when I have to stop, but
I must stop often to get the gravel out of my shoes. Man, I'm looking
for daylight. hoping it won't be far behind.
AM: Just finished 58 miles! The most encouraging thing is that the
sky to the east is brightening up and day is breaking. That is a good
thing! Joy finished with 36 miles, and that's a new single-run record
for her. Her previous highest total was 31 miles. Penny Smith finished
with 11 miles.
AM: Just passed 60 mile mark. My primary goal is 65 miles. I am
looking to reach that before too long. .
AM 65 and still alive!! This was my primary goal, so I'm
planning to rest a little while before attempting more. Bill Dalton
returned early and ran the last two miles with me.
AM: I took time for breakfast and a rest, but I am about to try
it again. I'm still at 65 miles, but hopefully I will be able to add
a little more.
11:10 AM: Having trouble making myself do anymore miles.
So, I took a photo of what shoes and socks look like after 65 miles.
Although I may walk or jog a few more my "kinda secret" long-time
goal was to "run my age...65"
AM: Stuart joined me to put in a few miles and encourage me.
He's alternating doing fast miles and then slow. He's done several
miles already. My first try at running more miles didn't work
out well! I was too stiff to run, but I can walk!
PM: I managed to walk another 5 miles with Stuart encouraging
me. Gives me 70 total! Pretty good days work!
The event is now ended and it was most interesting, for sure!
The church took in $75,000 and hopes to be able to clear $50,000 to
use to support the medical clinic they operate in Haiti. This
is a wonderful cause and I'm very pleased for them.
couldn't have done it without the support of a lot of people, including
NANCY ANN as well as those that came and ran a portion of the event
with me. They are listed below:
Gray 36 miles
Stuart Green 14 miles
Bill Dalton 12 miles
Penny Smith 11 miles
Donna Olita (ran with the Memphis Road Runners All-Girl
Team...The GO GO Girls
John Aikin, Nan and Meg Green came to add support, as did the Whalen
cousins from Memphis
ALL AND ALL, A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL